What is an ECHO?

Indian Country ECHO is a performance optimizer. Think of ECHO as a high speed internet connection for the Indian healthcare system. It spreads new medical knowledge throughout Indian Country, from specialty care sites, to the front lines of community care. Rather than information flowing in one direction, Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Indian healthcare workers learn from specialists, they learn from each other, and specialists learn from Indian Country as new best practices emerge.

Who is Indian Country ECHO?

Indian Country ECHO is a collective of organizations that provide ECHOs serving indigenous communities. Organizations offering ECHOs include:

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Indian Health Service
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
  • United South and Eastern Tribes
  • Southern Plains Tribal Health Board
  • University of New Mexico
    If you see an organization missing or want to share your ECHO please contact us.

Who supports the Indian Country ECHO website?

The Indian Country ECHO website is administered by staff at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Funding for this work is provided by various organizations including: Minority HIV/AIDS Fund, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Office of Minority Health.

Let’s do more for our people and our system


Through ECHO sessions – IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian healthcare workers use video technology to participate in guided practice with specialist mentors. They acquire new skills that allow them to treat patients that otherwise they would have referred out. Patients with chronic complex conditions get high quality care where they live, from providers they know. No waiting months to see a specialist. No long drives back and forth to get critical care. ECHO exponentially increases access to specialty care by moving knowledge, instead of moving patients.

  • Free CME, CNE and CPE credits
  • Case Consultation with your peers
  • Learn best practices as they emerge
  • Join at a time that fits in your day

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